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First Year Programs


All sponsorship opportunities should align with the mission and guiding philosophies of First Year Programs (see below). First Year Programs often consults with campus departments and units to ensure that messaging is aligned with current on-campus efforts. Request for sponsorship will be considered in the context of supporting students in making connections with on-campus departments and units. 

Mission & Guiding Philosophy

First Year Programs fosters a successful undergraduate student experience through strategic programming that focuses on positive academic transitions and the development of learning communities. Through partnerships with faculty, staff, alumni, and student leaders our programs create the space for students to define how they will engage, learn, and thrive at the University of Washington.

Our work is guided by the following methods:

  • Intentionality - We use current assessment, research, and best practices to make decisions.
  • Collaboration - We develop transparent and collaborative relationships with campus and community partners.
  • Diversity and Inclusion - We understand that all students have unique stories, and we support their individual learning paths.